Monday, July 7, 2014

July, 2014 Work Weekend and Independence Day Railroading

With a number of MCRR people coming in for the Independence Day celebration (and the running of No. 6) the RR moved "Work Weekend" up by 7 days. Trains on Friday; continued maintenance and repairs on Saturday and Sunday. In general, one crew dealt with No. 6 and another did track maintenance. A few side jobs also occurred.

One of the side jobs was with John G. and Kendall O. assembling the experimental "class lamp" brackets, originally seen here.

Roger R. mixed the water treatment chemicals together and injected them into No. 6's boiler

No. 6 peeks out of the pit track at the shop building.

Engineer Dave R. supervises his two daughters Lindsay (at ground level) and Jennifer (on the locomotive) while they clean and polish the air compressor and boiler jacket in its vicinity.

No. 6 ready to be brought outside and get a natural gas fire.

A few pictures of No. 6 pulling a train.

The weather was so nice bringing the "toys" -- the "T" and "A" -- out to help was a given.

No. 12 gets a bath.

Ryan F. prepares to toss a few ties into the backhoe's bucket.

Cleaning debris from between the rails.

Cleaning the trench for the new tie.

Using the skid steer, Griffin W. fills the tie installation trench.

Several track crewmen finish the installation of the new ties. Matt C. does some investigations into a mystery wire uncovered during the tie removal.

The tie installation was nearly done when the train started running. Work was interrupted as the train passed.

Since the next operating event isn't until late August, the boiler was drained and the locomotive was prepared for two months of inactivity.